The Blue Bird (1976)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Soviet Union, 1976.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Lenfilm Studio, Edward Lewis Productions, Sovinfilm, Tower International. Screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, Aleksei Kapler, based on the play by Maurice Maeterlinck.  Cinematography by Jonas Gricius, Freddie Young.  Produced by Paul Maslansky, Harry N. Blum, Robert H. Greenberg.  Music by Irwin Kostal.  Production Design…

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Absolute Beginners (1986)

JULIEN TEMPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Goldcrest Films International, Palace Pictures, Virgin.  Screenplay by Richard Burridge, Don MacPherson, Christopher Wicking, developed by Michael Hamlyn, additional dialogue by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Colin MacInnes. Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Chris Brown, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Gil Evans.  Production Design by John Beard.  Costume Design…

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Angels And Insects (1995)

PHILIP HAAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Playhouse International Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Belinda Haas,Philip Haas, based on the novella Morpho Eugenia by A.S. Byatt.  Cinematography by Bernard Zitzermann.  Produced by Belinda Haas, Joyce Herlihy, Kerry Orent.  Music by Alexander Balanescu.  Production Design by Jennifer Kernke.  Costume Design by Paul Brown.  Film Editing by Belinda Haas.  …

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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1989.  Warner Bros., Silver Pictures.  Story by Shane Black, Warren Murphy, Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam, based on characters created by Shane Black.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver.  Music by Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, David Sanborn.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Barry Francis Delaney.  Film Editing by…

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Lady Oscar (1979)

JACQUES DEMY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Japan, 1979.  Kitty Films, Shiseido, Nippon Television Network, Toho Company.  Screenplay, adaptation and dialogue by Jacques Demy, Patricia Louisianna Knop, based on the comic Versailles No Bara by Riyoko Ikeda.  Cinematography by Jean Penzer.  Produced by Mataichiro Yamamoto.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Paul…

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The Great Gatsby (1974)

JACK CLAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1974.  Paramount Pictures, Newdon Productions. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by David Merrick.  Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Tom Priestley.   This production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved…

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Grace Of My Heart

BBB.5 (out of 5) Despite the fact that this film loses much of its energy and verve in its last third, Illeana Douglas‘s fantastic performance should be enough to put it over for even the most demanding audience member. She plays a Carole King-like songwriter in the sixties who is discovered in a local music…

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